Written by Phil Olson
Now Available for licensing thru Samuel French Publishers.
A NICE FAMILY CHRISTMAS
A comedy with heart
WINNER - The McLaren Comedy Festival
WINNER - 2nd place out of 125 scripts in the Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence
The best part about spending Christmas with the family, it's only once a year.
It’s Christmas Eve at Helen Lundeen (Mom’s) Minneapolis apartment, three years after her husband died.
An unexpected visit from crazy Uncle Bob and their outrageous Grandmother starts the evening on its wild journey.
Middle son, Carl, has been charged to write an article for his newspaper about Christmas with his family, or he’s fired.
The problem is, he doesn’t have his family’s consent. One by one, we learn of each family member’s secrets, problems
and dysfunctions, and when they learn that Carl is writing an article with some very personal family information, the fruitcake
hits the fan. The question is, will the magic of Christmas bring them back together?
Time and Place:
Present day Christmas Eve in the living room of Mom's apartment in a suburb of Minneapolis.
Cast of Characters: 4 women, 3 men
Carl 20's - 30's. The middle brother. Grew up in the shadow of his older brother, Michael, the doctor. Feels “less than”
his brother. Carl writes for the Minneapolis Observer, a mid level newspaper in Minneapolis. He used to drive a truck for
Pillsbury, but quit that to pursue his dream of writing.
Mom 50's - 60's. Very nice person. Her goal is to keep the peace and get thru the family event without incident. Mom’s
husband, Carl, died three years ago. She is getting over the loss and moving on.
Grandma 70's - 80's. A real character. Grew up in a one room house with 10 brothers and sister on a farm in northern
North Dakota. Had a very tough life growing up. She is tough as nails, and wants everyone else to be, too.
Think a midwestern Estelle Getty on “The Golden Girls.”
Michael 20's - 30's. The older brother. The doctor. The favorite son. He’s a little self absorbed, a little blind to what he
needs to do to keep his marriage to Jill, his wife.
Stacy 20's - 30's. The younger sister. Quite, very nice. Kind of a wholesome innocence, even given what we learn about her.
Uncle Bob 50's - 60's. A partier. Fun loving. Has an agenda. Everyone has a crazy Uncle Bob.
Jill 20's - 30's. Michael's wife. Very emotional. Cries easily. The only one who seems to understand Grandma’s sayings.
Phil Olson has written 14 published plays that have had over 350 productions around the world. Eight of his plays are
published by Samuel French including, “A Nice Family Gathering,” “Mom’s Gift,” “Don’t Hug Me,” “A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol,”
"A Don’t Hug Me County Fair,” “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant,” “Don’t Hug Me, We’re Married,” and “Polyester The Musical.”
"A Nice Family Christmas" will be his ninth play published by Samuel French.
Phil has won several playwright awards. Seven of his award-winning plays take place in small towns in Minnesota. He has also sold
two screenplays and script doctored three screenplays that were produced.
For more info, visit PhilOlson.com